AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND — Air New Zealand has entered into a strategic partnership with the Brazilian planemaker Embraer to join the Energia Advisory Group, a consortium of major players in the aviation industry that provides guidance on Embraer's efforts to build sustainable aircraft for the future.

The partnership will also have Embraer become a long-term collaborator with Air New Zealand's Mission Next Gen Aircraft initiative, aimed at hastening the adoption of zero-emissions aircraft technology for the regional fleet of Air New Zealand. The two companies are set to collaborate on the development of cutting-edge, environmentally-friendly aircraft.

Air New Zealand's Chief Sustainability Officer, Kiri Hannifin, has stated that the airline's ambitious sustainability targets cannot be achieved through conventional means. The Mission, Next Gen Aircraft initiative, is designed to speed up the development of technology and infrastructure needed to reduce the carbon footprint of the airline's domestic flights. To this end, Air New Zealand is joining forces with some of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, innovators, and infrastructure providers.